Teaching Here

Teaching Here

Top 5 Reasons to Teach
in South Carolina

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What You Need to Know


Salaries range from $30,000 - $35,000.




Francis Marion University (Optional two year program)


Francis Marion University (Optional one year pathway after two year corps commitment)

Becoming Certified to Teach

  • Overview
  • Is it possible to complete a master's degree at the end of the two years?
  • Is a master's degree required?
  • Which universities do you partner with?

Certification Requirements

In order to begin teaching in South Carolina, corps members must pass a subject specific PRAXIS II exam, successfully complete all Teach For America training requirements, and submit copies of all college transcripts along with a background check. 

Corps members have the option to pursue a professional teaching certificate, but taking ongoing certification courses is not required. Corps members who teach in a Teach For America – South Carolina partner school for a third year after their two year commitment, complete nine hours of graduate coursework, and complete other standard certification requirements (such as an application fee) are eligible for a professional teaching certificate. The graduate credits required for certification are offered through our university partner, Francis Marion University, at a very discounted rate.

The cost of certification for South Carolina corps members who choose to pursue a professional teaching certificate is much lower compared to other regions (~$1,500 compared to a national average of $7,270). Eligible corps members who enroll in AmeriCorps and receive an award may be able to cover the full cost of professional certification through the grant.

Master's Degree Option

Corps members can also earn a master’s degree from our university partner in two years. The cost of this master’s degree is significantly discounted, with a total cost of approximately $6,400. Eligible corps members who enroll in AmeriCorps and receive an award may be able to cover the full cost of a Master’s degree through the grant.


Earning a master's is possible in two years.


Francis Marion University

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Subjects And Grade Levels

  • Early Childhood
  • Elementary
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • Math
  • Spanish
  • Social Studies
  • Special Education

Get to Know our Corps



People of color


Come fom a low-income background


First in family to attend college



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What's Left Over
Ongoing Certification Costs
You may be able to offset ongoing certification costs with an AmeriCorps education award. Learn more.
One Time Summer Start Up Costs
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